Nearly every parent enrolls his or her child in some form of activity at a young age, whether it’s ballet, soccer, Taekwondo, gymnastics, T-Ball, or swimming. There’s a medley of reasons why parents do so, but most of the reasons boil down to this: Kids learn a lot of life lessons from sports. Bowling is another such sport that teaches children lessons that they’ll use for the rest of their lives. From patience, to good sportsmanship, to concentration, to confidence: There are numerous bowling life lessons! Read on for more information on what your child (or what you are!) is learning when he or she bowls at JB’s on 41.
It takes time to build up a skill. No person has ever bowled a perfect game on his or her first try at the sport. Besides being patient with himself, a bowler also needs to be patient with others. Bowling is a team sport, so there’s patience involved in waiting for the next bowler to take her turn. It takes patience, too, to be a good sport when another bowler on your team isn’t having a great game. This is a huge life lesson to learn for adults and kids alike. Speaking of good sportsmanship…
Bowling life lessons go beyond the sport of bowling. Bowling teaches bowlers to be better team players. The camaraderie of the team truly builds up or tears down, and kids are quick to learn that it is better to build up than to tear down. Bowling seems like an individual effort, but it is really the sum of every player’s effort. When each bowler respects the other team members, the team performs better as a whole.
Bowling is a physical sport. It takes a certain finesse – one that can only be practiced until learned – to send the bowling ball down the lane. Kids, as well as bowlers of any age, have to remember to keep their bodies straight, their balance intact, and to follow through on the ball. Plus, there’s physical effort involved in lifting an 8 to 10-pound ball, the usual weight for children. They learn that exercise can be fun, as well as good for you. By learning this at a young age, exercise then begins part of a lifelong sport. It’s true what they say: bowling is a lifelong sport, and it should be enjoyed!
Hand-eye coordination is a major part of bowling and a major part of life, too. When a child establishes hand-eye coordination early on, she is able to use that skill throughout her life and in many different vocations. Kids will also notice improvement in coordination while playing other sports, such as basketball, baseball, and soccer.
As kids improve at bowling, their confidence grows. This is one of the most important bowling life lessons because developing skills in a sport can increase self-esteem. Kids can then begin to trust themselves and their abilities. They also gain confidence in meeting and socializing with other kids. Being able to network is a skill many adults struggle with, so the earlier a child can learn how to interact with new people, the more prepared he’ll be for interactions later in his life. Learning how to interact socially person-to-person is especially important in today’s age of social media and online-only relationships. When kids meet new people and make new, in-person friends, they learn that there’s value in the old-fashioned way of communicating.
Kids and adults can learn so many things from bowling, these are just a few examples. What other skills have you noticed your child improving upon at JB’s on 41? Is it focus? Confidence? Perseverance? We’d like to know! What bowling life lessons have you learned? Share in the comments!
Want to learn more about bowling at JB’s on 41? Try free bowling lessons: 4 weeks of fun and free bowling lessons begin Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 pm. Sign up here. Then our fantastic fall leagues for kids and adults start in early September. What lessons will you learn?